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Program Title: Seven Samurai [Shichinin no samurai]
EASC Code: JS-11
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Sojiro Motoki
Release Date: 1964
Running Time: 203 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "Beleaguered 16th century Japanese villagers seek to thwart local bandits by hiring the services of seven out-of-work samurai warriors. The samurai, led by Takashi Shimura but with Toshiro Mifune serving as their clown prince, meticulously plan out the village's defenses, stage a preemptive raid on the bandits' lair and then pull the villagers together for the climactic battle that leads to the film's bittersweet close. This is the movie that spawned numerous Hollywood knockoffs, from "The Magnificent Seven" to Roger Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars," though none has come anywhere close to the original's epic grandeur and subtle undercurrents."
Data Entry Date: 2/14/2000